Mechanic Builds One-of-a-Kind, Adult-Sized Little Tikes Cozy Coupe That Can Reach 60mph!

by 07/12/14   filed under: green toys, transportation

 

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Although aging is inevitable, maturing is clearly optional. English mechanic, John Bitmead knows that nostalgic toys have the potential of becoming even more sentimental and valuable as an adult. At the tender young age of 48, Bitmead converted a Daewoo Matiz into an adult-sized replica of the classic toddler  Cozy Coupe ride-on toy. Running on an 800cc engine instead of enthusiastic Flintstone-like foot power, the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 60mph in only 17 seconds.

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HOW TO: Upcycle an Old Step 2 Car into a Shiny New Batmobile!

by 07/11/14   filed under: craft, eco play, eco toddler, green toys, how-to

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HOW TO: Make Silky Avocado & Coconut Mousse

by 07/11/14   filed under: healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking

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7 Yummy Vegan Milkshake Recipes Kids Will Love!

by 07/11/14   filed under: cooking, food, green kids

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Enchanting Fairy Doors Strewn Throughout the City of Ann Arbor Delight Local Children

by 07/10/14   filed under: art, eco toddler, green family, green kids, kid friendly

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BOOK INSPIRED FOOD: Make Vegan Peach Ice Cream Inspired by "James and the Giant Peach"

by 07/10/14   filed under: food, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, snack, vegan cooking, vegetarian

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Tell LEGO to End Their Partnership with Oil Giant Shell

by 07/10/14   filed under: green family, green toys

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As part of a new co-promotion, LEGO, everyone’s favorite toy brick company, has partnered with Shell, well known oil giant of the world. As part of the partnership, LEGO has actually branded Shell’s logo on a special set of LEGO toys, thus gaining Shell even more global advertising, not to mention forcing kids into brand recognition of a company that plays a role in destroying the planet and thereby their very future. This new partnership is clever on the part of Shell, who has a rightfully horrid reputation due to their controversial Arctic drilling plans. If Shell was looking to partner with a company who can boost their image in spite of the implications of drilling the very fragile Arctic, home to wildlife such as polar bears, whales, walruses and more, they picked the right company. I mean, who doesn’t love LEGO? Beyond drilling harming Arctic wildlife, Greenpeace points out that the Arctic helps regulate global climate, yet when drilled, Arctic ices will only melt faster. Plus, if there’s an oil spill in the Arctic, it’ll be near impossible to clean up. Greenpeace would like to set up a global sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the North Pole and get a ban on offshore oil drilling and unsustainable fishing in the wider Arctic region, but will this happen if everyone gets on board with Shell’s grand Arctic plans because LEGO is standing up for their integrity? Maybe not. Luckily, you can help put a possible end to this partnership thanks to a new Greenpeace anti-Shell petition. The petition asks LEGO to cut ties with Shell right away so we can focus on not only keeping the Shell brand out of playrooms around the world but also move one step closer to keeping Shell out of the Arctic. Keep reading to see the heartwrenching video Greenpeace put together to urge LEGO to end to its partnership with Shell.

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C-Sections Cause Genetic Changes in Babies that May Lead to Increased Risk of Cancer, Asthma & Diabetes in Later Life

by 07/09/14   filed under: birth, health & body, news

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According to a new study, infants born via Cesarean section as opposed to vaginal birth, may experience epigenetic changes. Epigenetics are factors that can influence genetics. Basically, epigenetic changes have the ability to switch genes on or off and determine which proteins are transcribed. This could spell trouble for little ones born by C-section as the new research found higher rates of methylation in stem cells from babies delivered by by Cesarean. Methylation of DNA is a key player in whether or not genes are expressed within a cell and may affect the immune system for the long-term. Professor Tomas Ekstrom notes, “During a vaginal delivery, the fetus is exposed to an increased level of stress, which in a positive way will prepare the unborn baby for life outside the uterus. This activation of the fetus’ defense systems doesn’t occur when a cesarean section is performed before labor begins, which in turn could be a possible cause for the noticed differences between the groups.” The epigenetic changes may predispose a newborn to certain diseases later in life such as cancer, asthma and diabetes. However, this study was extremely small and as Ekstrom points out, epigenetic changes can be temporary or permanent. So far, without further research, no one is quite sure of the specific negative effects epigenetic changes may have on newborns, but it’s good information to have when considering issues such as elective C-sections. If you can have a vaginal birth, by all means do. C-sections are already associated with many other complications, including infection, heavy blood loss, clots, bowel problems, organ injury and once in a while death for mothers, while infants can experience injury, immature lungs and breathing problems.

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HOW TO: Make Crispy, Gluten-Free Polenta Croutons On Spinach Citrus Salad

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